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  • Day5

    Bacolod Day 5

    March 26, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Sunday is farming day!

    Groups were divided into plowing, excavation and irrigation teams. At the end of the day, we finished 4 plots that made up 4 weekends of work if left for the community garden team to work alone. My team was so happy that they can see tangible results for the community.

    In the afternoon, 1 group continued the house renovation and painting, another group continued farming and 3rd group went to the grocery to buy donation materials for our upcoming orphanage immersion that would be in a couple of days.

    The group capped the night by practicing their performance for the cultural night.
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  • Day4

    Bacolod Day 4

    March 25, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Build Day 2. Our group was in high spirit as we embark on day 2 of construction at Cabug site. The tasks were rotated so as to give equal chance for students to experience different parts of building a house.

    Lunch was chicken pochero and beef bopis. Fish was also served.

    In the afternoon, two groups had home visits in Cabug. Each group had to cover 6 families. The third group stayed at ERH Village and started the "Bihis Bahay" program (to dress house) which included cleaning the house in preparation for painting and renovation.

    We also did a quick visit to the hardware store to buy paint, tools, and gardening materials.
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  • Day3

    Bacolod Day 3

    March 24, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We had breakfast at 6:45, and the first day of construction started at 8 in the morning. Students were divided into 3 groups, 1st group was assigned in the production line (bamboo, metal works), the 2nd group in the house foundation excavation and the 3rd group in the cement mixing and floor construction.

    The afternoon was spent doing home visits and family interviews. As part of their cultural and sports exchange, students competed with the local team. Our basket team was obviously overwhelmed by the talents of the locals :)
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  • Day2

    Bacolod Day 2

    March 23, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Sunrise was at 5:59am today.

    Our group is not yet used to earlier mornings. Sunrise before 6 in the morning is unheard of and not usually experienced in Singapore.

    Our day started with early breakfast at 7:30. By 8:30 we were off to our 1st ocular visit (recci for reconnaissance as more popularly used in Singapore) at Cabug site. We inspected our construction site, had a short briefing about the use of technology to improved the housing structure against the environment and strong typhoon. We also visited the houses we help built 5 years ago and with our trip banner, we took a group photo with the GK houses as our background.

    We spent another hour mingling with the house beneficiaries and a lady even freshly picked papaya from her house garden and peeled it for us. Such generosity from someone who has so much less :) On the side, students were so amused with the scenery and the animals freely roaming in the farms and in the sugarcane plantation. Chickens, goats, water buffaloes, dogs, and whatnot were not in cages, my students were amazed as they were more familiar seeing these animals inside the zoo.

    Then we visited the ICM site, a mix of GK houses and informal settlers. The walk thru was an eye opener for most of my students as some of them had not seen a slum area before. As a feedback, some said that they've never seen so much divide in socio-economic status. They described it as the left side of the street as slum area, and right side of the street as a gated community with huge mansions.

    The afternoon was spent for reflection and debrief. A quick visit to the grocery before a sumptuous dinner. Building our 1st house tomorrow!
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  • Day1

    Bacolod Day 1

    March 22, 2017 on the Philippines ⋅ 🌬 29 °C

    Thirty one students and staff traveling from Singapore to Bacolod, Philippines. We all met at 8 in the morning at Changi terminal 1 row 12. We met parents and friends of our students at the airport and they became part of our send off.

    The Singapore to Manila flight was mostly uneventful until we had to abort landing few hundred meters above the ground. As the engine roared, I knew exactly what had happened but none of my students seemed to know and to care. We circumnavigated around the busy Manila airport and landed safely on the pilot's 2nd attempt to land. A quick immigration pass thru and we transferred from the international to the domestic terminal. We had our chance to snap our 1st group photo at terminal 2 just before boarding our 2nd flight.

    The Bacolod to Manila flight flew very fast. While waiting for our pick up from Gawad Kalinga (Give Care) Foundation, we took the opportunity to get a local sim card with data plan. My students are specially happy :)

    Half an hour later traveling with 3 vans, we reached ERK village and we've settled into our simple dorms. This will be our home for the next 14 days!
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